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Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Becomes Twitter’s New Director


Twitter has appointed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Nigerian Finance Minister, as its new Independent Director of the Board yesterday, Thursday 19 July, 2018. She was appointed alongside Robert Zoellick, the Former World Bank Chief.

Marjorie Scardino, who joined Twitter in 2013, becoming the first female board member, will be stepping down from the Board for personal reasons at the end of the year.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is a globally acclaimed Nigerian economist and the First Female Finance Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and is widely known for her work as the Finance Minister of Nigeria. She served as the Minister of Finance under former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, between 2003 and 2006, and Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria from 2011 to 2015 under former president, Goodluck Jonathan. She has also held several positions at the World Bank, most recently as Managing Director from December 2007 until August 2011.

Commenting on her new appointment, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala said, “Twitter is a powerful platform that continues to be used as a strong connector for the global community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team. As we strive to build a better world for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and drive critical conversations around today’s most important issues. I look forward to partnering with Twitter’s talented directors and leadership team as we work to leverage the power of Twitter for good.”

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